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Dubbed 'one of London's best kept secrets', The Bentley Hotel is discretely tucked away in one of the peaceful, genteel residential streets of Knightsbridge, in a stunning Victorian town house. Superbly appointed rooms and a long-standing reputation for excellent service make this a firm favourite with previous guests.
From the Deluxe Room to the Imperial Suite, The Bentley's guests can relax in very refined fittings, echoing a Victorian style informed by modern trends, mixing ornate chandeliers and rich fabrics with sleek LCD TVs, with an in-built music library, satellite channels and a movie library, of course. Rooms contain fully-marbled en-suite bathrooms, an Inncom telephone system, a Butler's tray and private bar, whirlpool/Jacuzzi baths, complimentary toiletries, thick terry bathrobes, a hair dryer, international adaptor plugs, Egyptian cotton linens, hypoallergenic bedding and much more. All you will require during your stay and even some things you didn't know you needed until The Bentley supplied them!
The hotel also includes a knowledgeable Concierge service, laundry and dry-cleaning, a Turkish bath, secretarial services, a shoeshine service and even a private butler if you want someone to refer to you as Ma'am throughout your stay. The Le Kalon Spa offers an extensive selection of treatments to care for all parts of your body and ailments such as jetlag and a state of the art gym with Therapists and Personal Trainers on request.
The hotel restaurant Peridot continues the theme of tasteful baroque decor, where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, a healthy dinner menu and afternoon tea, so you can indulge in suitably regal surrounds. The Malachite Bar is a sophisticated space to kick back in, with gem inspired cocktails such as Opal and Ruby, which are the kind of drinks you should be ordering when you have the option of a personal butler.
The hotel enjoys an exclusive location a few minutes from Cromwell Road. From the hotel you can easily reach Earl's Court and Olympia exhibition centres and you are just a ten-minute walk away from the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History museums, where you can see fascinating collections of artistic, anthropological and technological interest, amassed after their initial inception when the artifacts were part of the Great Exhibition in 1851. The whole area is testament to the pioneering advances in the fields or science, art and exploration made by the Victorians and with the Imperial College campus, The Lycee Francais, The Goethe Institute and Richmond University of London all located nearby the area is still a haven of academia. If this makes Kensington sound a bit po-faced, don't worry as there is plenty of fun to be had, from Urban Golf and archery near Kensington High Street, to Hyde Park's solar-powered shuttle boats pedalos, horse rides and open air concerts, you will have plenty to keep little kids and big kids amused. History buffs will appreciate Kensington Palace and Gardens almost as much as gourmands will appreciate The Orangery Restaurants cream teas and cultured individuals can muse over modern art at The Serpentine Gallery or an avant-garde European flick at the Cine Lumiere. Harrods is also nearby where you can splash the cash, and if that takes you down to your last pound, you can try your luck in the local casino just a minute walk away.
The hotel is also very well placed for transport, with good bus and tube links just a few minutes' walk from the hotel. Gloucester Road tube station is situated nearby, where you can catch the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines. From here you have direct links to Paddington Station (where the Heathrow Express terminates); Victoria Station (where the Gatwick Express terminates); King's Cross, St Pancras Station (where the Eurostar terminus is located); and many more areas of London. If you are driving to the hotel, it can be accessed from the main A4 road, via the M4 and M25; however, guests should note that the hotel is in the congestion charge zone. A reasonable car park choice is the NCP just a few minutes walk away in Warwick Road.
The Bentley may seem over the top for those who prefer their decor minimalist, but for those who wish to immerse themselves in traditional British surroundings and pamper themselves silly with the smorgasbord of facilities to hand, The Bentley will be ideal. Staff at the hotel are very friendly and attentive, and happy to help with any queries and requests you have. To make the most of this unusually character-infused Hilton hotel, request a room on a higher floor overlooking the garden at the back of the hotel. Then you can enjoy peace and quiet and wake up to views of picturesque greenery.